The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild invites you to participate in its 2020 Annual Members’ Show, this year called Dimensions Variable, which runs from January 17 to February 16, 2020. The show is open to all current members.

2020 Members’ Show Curator’s Choice Award Winner: Franc Palaia

Dimensions Variable

Byrdcliffe’s Artist-in-Residence Program welcomes over 80 visual artists, composers, and writers annually for full-year, 5-month, or 4-week residencies: artists are given a private studio/creative space and have the option to either share general living quarters or live independently. During their stay the residents participate in work-shares, field trips, open studios, and have the opportunity for one-on-one-sessions with visiting artists. This annual exhibition in the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, in its fourth year running, is one of many ways in which Byrdcliffe’s identity as a historic art colony founded in 1902 is joined with its function as a space in which contemporary artistic discourse thrives.

Participating artists in all media: Edie Avioli, Olivia Baldwin, Jenny Beck, Caleb Booth, Kiki Carrillo, Elizabeth Clark, Sarah Crofts, Olivia D’Orazi, Jessika Edgar, Teal Gardella, Elissa Gore, Judith Hugentobler, Lisa Levy, Henrietta Mantooth, Rebecca Nison, Mindy Ohringer, Kimberly Ota, Sariah Park, Liz Rodda, Mark Sengbusch, Elizabeth Shores, Unu Sohn, Brett Stano, Maya Strauss, Meghan Surges, Brandon Sward, Robin Tewes, Elizabeth Tolson, Melissa Tolve, Allison Wade, Mia Weiner, Clarissa Wu.

Curators: James Adelman, Erika Kari McCarthy

Exhibition Dates: February 28 – March 29, 2020
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Panel discussion with the artists and curators: 3:00 PM
Readings by Byrdcliffe’s writers-in-residence: 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Auguste Garufi, Utopian Living, 2019. Paper, 16 x 20 inches.


Upon the urging of Arthur Wesley Dow, Zulma Steele (1881–1979) came to Byrdcliffe in 1903 during its first summer of operation and immediately established herself as a leading force in both the furniture and architectural designs of the art colony, along with her longtime collaborator and companion Edna Walker (b. 1880). Drawing on the permanent collection of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, museum collections, and private lenders, Craftswoman: Zulma Steele will include ceramics, furniture, furniture designs, paintings, works on paper, and some important Zulma Steele notebooks that have recently come to light.

This is the first exhibition dedicated exclusively to Zulma Steele. There will be a catalogue with essays by scholars Derin Tanyol, Tom Wolf, and Bruce Weber.

Curated by Henry T. Ford, Derin Tanyol, Bruce Weber, and Tom Wolf.

Exhibition Dates: August 21 – November 22, 2020
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 5:00 pm

Zulma SteeleThe Big Mountain, Ashokan Reservoir, c. 1914–1915. Oil on canvas, 30 x 50 inches. Collection of Jean Young. 


This exhibition celebrates the 2020 centennial of women’s gaining the right to vote in the USA. The struggle for women’s rights in the United States had its beginnings in the 1840s but the 19th Amendment, finally giving women the right to vote, was not passed by Congress until August 18, 1920. Sixty-four years later on March 22, 1984, the state of Mississippi was the last state to finally ratify the 19th Amendment.

Juxtaposing art with artifacts, the exhibition reflects upon the suffrage movement and its many meanings from historical, conceptual and artistic points of view. Selected historical text, quotes, and images will be placed in combination with contemporary artwork that expresses themes revolving around the road to women’s acquiring the right to vote and their role in society. Objects which have historical and contextual meaning such as period corsets, bicycles, teacups, samplers, household items, school books, banners, broadsides, buttons, posters, and postcards, and text such as suffragette quotes or diary entries, will be paired with contemporary artwork. Of particular interest from a thematic point of view will be an examination of how women have been looked at, and look at themselves in society, and what constitutes real bravery—women taking chances, and stepping out of what is expected of them and what they have expected of themselves. That is what the Suffragettes had to do and how the 19th Amendment came about.

Participating artists, to be announced, will create work specifically for the show, reflecting on themes revolving around the centennial such as: the power of protest, personal bravery and risk-taking, raising our voices to effect change, “The New Woman,” gender roles in society, societal expectations, self-image, and the Me Too movement.

Curated by Carrie Feder.

Exhibition Dates: Postponed to 2021
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY

Melora Kuhn, Clara Bewick Colby with Susan B. Anthony, 2018, oil on linen, 26″ x 20″

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s 21st Annual 5 by 7 Show launches Friday, December 4, 2020, with a catered champagne reception and preview party at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, one of the most exciting art events happening in Woodstock each holiday season. All work submitted is restricted to 5 inches by 7 inches in size and is exhibited anonymously, a playful way to give equal voice to all and showcase the talent of our members side by side with that of the international art world community in our midst. This is a major fundraising event for Byrdcliffe, and by contributing and/or purchasing a small work you will help support our arts programming, including exhibitions and performances.

Exhibition Dates: December 4, 2020 – January 3, 2021, with the Preview Party TBA –> entrance fee for Preview Party only is $10; free for participating artists
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: TBD

All 2020 Byrdcliffe arts programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Our exhibitions program is made possible in part through support from the County of Ulster’s Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion Fund administered by ARTS MID-HUDSON.